|Full name||Helen Gourlay Cawley|
|Born||23 December 1946|
|Height||168 cm (5 ft 6 in) |
|Career record||no value|
|Highest ranking||No. 12 (1971)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||F (1977Dec)|
|French Open||F (1971)|
|Wimbledon||4R (1968, 1972, 1977)|
|US Open||QF (1970)|
|Career record||no value|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1972, 1976, 1977, 1977)|
|French Open||F (1971, 1977)|
|US Open||QF (1971, 1974)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1967)|
|French Open||SF (1966)|
|Wimbledon||SF (1970, 1974)|
|US Open||QF (1971)|
She was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. She married Richard Leon Cawley in January 1977, and married William Timothy Cape in October 1986.
Cawley reached the singles final of two Grand Slam tournaments, losing the 1971 French Open and the December 1977 Australian Open to countrywoman Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Despite both players marrying men with the same surname, they are not related to each other.
An operation on her elbow sidelined her for 10 months in 1973.
Cawley's greatest success was in women's doubles. She was a four-time winner of the Australian Open (1972, 1976, 1977 (January), 1977 (December)). She won Wimbledon in 1977 partnering JoAnne Russell and was the runner-up there in 1974. And she was twice the runner-up at the French Open (1971 and 1977).
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles (2 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1971||French Open||Clay||Evonne Goolagong||3–6, 5–7|
|Loss||1977||Australian Open (Dec)||Grass||Evonne Goolagong Cawley||3–6, 0–6|
Doubles (5 titles, 3 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||1971||French Open||Clay||Kerry Harris|| Françoise Dürr
|Win||1972||Australian Open||Grass||Kerry Harris|| Patricia Coleman
|Loss||1974||Wimbledon||Grass||Karen Krantzcke|| Evonne Goolagong
|6–2, 4–6, 3–6|
|Win||1976||Australian Open||Grass||Evonne Goolagong|| Renáta Tomanová
Lesley Turner Bowrey
|Win||1977(Jan)||Australian Open||Grass||Dianne Fromholtz|| Kerry Melville Reid
|5–7, 6–1, 7–5|
|Loss||1977||French Open||Clay||Rayni Fox|| Regina Maršíková
|7–5, 4–6, 2–6|
|Win||1977||Wimbledon||Grass||JoAnne Russell|| Martina Navratilova
|Win||1977(Dec)||Australian Open||Grass||Evonne Goolagong|| Mona Guerrant
Kerry Melville Reid
Grand Slam singles tournament timelineEdit
|Australia||QF||3R||3R||2R||1R||QF||A||QF||SF||A||2R||2R||SF||SF||F||A||A||1R||0 / 14|
|France||A||A||1R||3R||3R||2R||1R||F||4R||A||A||A||A||3R||A||A||A||0 / 8|
|Wimbledon||A||A||2R||1R||4R||3R||2R||1R||4R||1R||3R||2R||A||4R||2R||A||A||0 / 11|
|United States||A||A||A||A||A||A||QF||2R||1R||1R||2R||2R||3R||2R||A||A||A||0 / 8|
|SR||0 / 1||0 / 1||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 4||0 / 4||0 / 2||0 / 3||0 / 3||0 / 2||0 / 5||0 / 1||0 / 0||0 / 1||0 / 41|
Note: The Australian Open was held twice in 1977, in January and December.
Gourlay was coached by Brian Hudson for over 10 years. She lived with Brian, his wife Beryl and their children for three years while he coached her for free at his Granville (Sydney) tennis courts (1963-1965). Gourlay and Brian played mixed doubles at White City (1968) and Wimbledon (1972). Gourlay was also coached by Brian at his Terranora court leading into many international events, including Gram Slams. Brian coached Gourlay in the 1977 Australian Open, in which fifth-seeded Gourlay defeated second-seeded Sue Barker in the semi-final.
- Bostic, Stephanie, ed. (1979). USTA Player Records 1978. United States Tennis Association (USTA). p. 181.
- "Evonne Goolagong routs Cawley to win 4th lid". Bangor Daily News. 2 January 1978. p. 16.
- Jack Gurney (14 April 1974). "Helen Gourlay's Persistence Typifies Aussie Standards". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. p. 4-D.
- "Helen Gourlay (Cawley)". www.dpac.tas.gov.au. Tasmanian Government.